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Empowerment in diabetes care and among adolescents

Promoting health is a crucial goal in Finnish health policy. This study focuses on the influence of the environment on health and health behavior among both adolescents and patients with type 2 diabetes, with a special emphasis on social, cultural and empowerment enabling factors.

The Good Diabetes Care – research project

Type 2 diabetes is an important and increasing public health problem in Finland and worldwide. The Good Diabetes Care – research project focuses on the effectiveness of diabetes care. The aim is to find the best possible means by which primary health care can achieve favourable outcomes in diabetes care.

The research project investigates:
1) quality of care in primary health care, for example how care congruent with the chronic care model (CCM) principles, continuity of care, autonomy supportive health care climate and trust in health care personnel are associated with empowerment, diabetes self-management and health outcomes, and
2) which other important life context factors, such as community support and other kinds of social support, are associated with the outcomes of care among patients with type 2 diabetes.

Health and health behaviour trends and differentials among students in Swedish and Finnish speaking schools in Finland

Health is a resource for children and adolescents in everyday life, and circumstances during this period of life can have a huge impact on the health development further on. Knowledge about health, wellbeing and health behaviour as well as influencing factors and changes over time is needed to support decision-making and health promotion work at different societal levels.
In the study, we explore how perceived health, health behaviour and social context have changed during the last 20 years among 11-, 13- and 15-year old students in Finland. Moreover, we explore whether there are differences in these trends between students in Swedish and Finnish speaking schools. Factors influencing health and health differences, in particular empowerment enabling factors are investigated. We use data from the Finnish sample of school children of the international multi-center study ’Health Behaviour of School-aged Children’ (HBSC http://www.hbsc.org/) coordinated by the World Health Organization WHO and the The Physical Activity Behaviours of Children and Adolescents in Finland (Liitu study) coordinated by University of Jyväskylä.

 

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The Good Diabetes Care:

Nina Simonsen, PhD, Scientist

Anne Maarit Koponen, PhD, Senior Scientist

Nanna Wackström, MSc student

Health and Health behaviour trends:

Nina Simonsen, PhD, Scientist

Carola Ray, PhD, Scientist

Eva Roos, Adjunct Professor, Group Leader

Good Diabetes Care

Koponen, A. M., Simonsen-Rehn, N., Laamanen, R. & Suominen, S. (2013). Diabeteksen hyvä hoito –tutkimusprojektin loppuraportti. [Good care in diabetes-project. Final Report]. Available at: http://www.kela.fi/tutkimusraportit

Koponen, A.M., Simonsen, N., Laamanen, R. & Suominen, S. (2015). Health care climate, perceived self-care competence and glycemic control among patients with type 2 diabetes in primary care. Health Psychology Open. January-June, 1-10, DOI: 10.1177/2055102915579778

Koponen, A. M., Simonsen, N. & Suominen, S. (2017a). Determinants of physical activity among patients with type 2 diabetes: The role of perceived autonomy support, autonomous motivation and self-care competence. Psychology, Health & Medicine22(3), 332-344.

Koponen, A. M., Simonsen, N. & Suominen, S. (2017b). Success in weight management among patients with type 2 diabetes: Do perceived autonomy support, autonomous motivation and self-care competence play a role? Behavioral Medicine (published online ahead of print: 21 Mars 2017).

Simonsen, N., Koponen, A. M. & Suominen, S. (2017). Patients' assessment of chronic illness care: a validation study among patients with type 2 diabetes in Finland (under review).

Koponen, A. M., Simonsen, N. & Suominen, S. (2017c). Quality of primary health care and autonomous motivation for effective diabetes self-management among patients with type 2 diabetes. Health Psychology Open, January-June, 1-9.

Koponen, A. M., Simonsen, N. & Suominen, S. (2017d). Success in increasing physical activity (IPA) among patients with type 2 diabetes: Do perceived autonomy support, autonomous motivation and self-care competence play a role? (under review).

Koponen, A. M., Simonsen, N. & Suominen, S. (2017e). Miten päästään hyviin hoitotuloksiin tyypin 2 diabeteksen hoidossa? BestPractice (in press)

Koponen, A.M., Simonsen, N. & Suominen, S. (2017f). Intake of fruits, vegetables and berries among patients with type 2 diabetes: A self-determination theory perspective (submitted)

Health and Health Behaviour Trends

Simonsen, Nina; Roos, Eva; Suominen, Sakari; Laakso, Mari; Lehto, Elviira; Villberg, Jari; Tynjälä, Jorma; Välimaa, Raili; Ojala, Kristiina; Kannas, Lasse. Hälsotrender bland elever i svensk- och finskspråkiga grundskolor 1994–2014 – WHO:s skolelevsstudie (HBSC-Study). [Health trends among students in Swedish- and Finnish-speaking primary schools 1994-2014]. Jyväskylän yliopisto, Terveyden edistämisen tutkimuskeskus, Julkaisuja 7/2016

https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/51712

Simonsen Nina, Ylönen Anna, Suominen Sakari, Välimaa Raili, Tynjälä Jorma, Roos Eva and Kannas Lasse: Empowerment-enabling home and school environments and self-rated health: findings from the HBSC-study among Finnish adolescents with special reference to gender, age and language (under review)

Nuutinen T, Lehto E, Ray C, Roos E, Villberg J, Tynjälä J: Clustering of energy balance-related behaviours, sleep, and overweight among Finnish adolescents. International Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-017-0991-4

Eva Roos, Anette Mehtälä, Carola Ray, Sami Kokko, Sofia Hampf: Suomen- ja ruotsinkielisten erot liikuntakäyttäytymisessä. Lasten ja nuorten liikuntakäyttäytminen Suomessa - Liitu-tutkimuksen tuloksia 2016, Edited by Sami Kokko, Anette Mehtälä, 12/2016: chapter Suomen- ja ruotsinkielisten erot liikuntakäyttäytymisessä: pages 67-72; Valtion liikuntaneuvosto.

Good Diabetes Care

The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

Medicinska understödsföreningen Liv och Hälsa

The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund

Health and Health Behaviour Trends

The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland

Prof. Sakari Suominen, University of Turku, Department of Public Health; University of Skövde

Jorma Tynjälä, Raili Välimaa, Jari Villberg, Kristiina Ojala, Leena Paakkari, Olli Paakkari, Sami Kokko, Anette Mehtälä and Lasse Kannas: University of Jyväskylä, Department of Health Sciences

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